Tuesday 22nd October 2019

King Ed's students and staff were thrilled to have the new Henry Hickman Library officially opened on Thursday 17 October by the Chair of Governors, John Hodt, who ceremoniously cut the red ribbon to the new facility.

The library is named after the Reverend Henry Hickman (1629-1692), who originated from Old Swinford. He was an ejected minister, controversialist and salter of London, who returned to Stourbridge in 1665 and funded the original library building, donating many books to the college.

This major building project was partially funded through a grant from the government through its condition improvement expansion fund, with the majority of the work taking place over the summer break. Thanks to the hard work by interior design and refurbishment company Fuselek, the college community now has an invaluable resource in the form of a learning resource centre, which not only houses the state-of-the-art Henry Hickman Library, but also boasts four new classrooms, bespoke quiet study areas and a custom-built IT suite. In addition, the project includes brand-new facilities for the delivery of A-level physical education.

College principal Remley Mann said, "This £1.6 million facility is a great asset to the college, providing additional learning and study space for our students. The project is an integral part of our commitment to continually invest in our estate for the benefit of the whole college community."